Salman Khan’s much-anticipated espionage thriller, ‘Tiger 3,’ may face a hurdle in its global release, with rumors circulating that the film has been banned in Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. The speculations have triggered discussions on social media, with Twitterati suggesting a link between the alleged ban and controversial scenes in the movie.
According to reports from boxofficeworldwide, the decision to ban ‘Tiger 3’ in these Middle Eastern countries draws parallels with the ban imposed on Akshay Kumar’s historical drama, ‘Samrat Prithviraj,’ in Kuwait and Oman. The common thread appears to be the portrayal of Islamic countries and characters in a negative light.
The controversy echoes the previous ban on ‘Prithviraj,’ which faced accusations of ‘distorting history’ and ‘hurting sentiments’ of the Muslim community upon its 2022 release. Although there is no official confirmation regarding ‘Tiger 3’s ban, speculations suggest that the negative portrayal of Islamic countries and characters, particularly the film’s antagonist played by Emraan Hashmi, as the leader of a global terror organization, might be the cause.
Adding fuel to the rumors, fans on social media have speculated that Katrina Kaif’s fight scene in a towel could also be a contributing factor to the alleged ban. The scene, described as a standout moment in the film, has generated buzz and, according to some, may have led to objections from conservative quarters.
Despite the unconfirmed nature of these rumors, ‘Tiger 3’ is set to hit the big screen this Sunday, promising an exhilarating cinematic experience for fans. The film is anticipated to create ripples at the Diwali box office, with expectations of recording one of the most significant collections in the history of Diwali releases. However, the potential ban in these Gulf countries adds an element of uncertainty to the film’s international reception, leaving fans and industry experts eagerly awaiting official statements from the relevant authorities.